UC Merced and Army Corps to Host Public Meeting on December 2

Merced, CA - The University of California, Merced, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, will host a joint Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement public hearing on December 2, 2008, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the California Room, 5200 North Lake Road in Merced. The general public is invited to attend.

The Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) examines the environmental effects of the development of the campus and university community and notes the reduced impacts the revised footprint will have on seasonal wetlands found within the 815-acre campus and the proposed university community. It specifies that roughly 85 acres of wetlands may be affected by the combined development, compared with approximately 121 acres in the previous plan.

Public comment on the Draft EIR/EIS is an integral part of the permitting process. The comment period began November 7, 2008 and will run through January 5, 2009.

Members of the public who attend the meeting may present their views by recording their comments with a court reporter or by submitting their comments in writing. Those who cannot attend the meeting in person can also address comments to: UCMerced@usace.army.miland/or bsamuelson@ucmerced.eduon or before January 5, 2009.

UC Merced's application is available at http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/organizations/cespk-co/regulatory/PNs/, the USACE Web site.

Driving directions to the UC Merced campus can be found at http://www.ucmerced.edu/maps/

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